William G. "Bill" Parris

January 18, 1933 - March 4, 2015
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Poplar Grove, IL

William G. “Bill” Parris, 82, of Poplar Grove, IL passed away Wednesday morning March 4, 2015 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL after a lingering illness.  Bill was born January 18, 1933 in Keokuk, Iowa the son of Alpha and Catherine (Manning) Parris.  He married Kay Cossel on June 12, 1960 in Barker Evangelical United Brethren in Scotland County, Missouri.  Bill graduated from Gorin, MO High School in 1951 and enlisted into the US Air Force in February 1953 serving during the end portion of the Korean War.  He was discharged in 1961 after serving an additional 4 years in the Air Force reserves.  Bill started his work career in farming with his father.  He then became a flight instructor, training TWA flight engineers.  In 1966 he went to work as a corporate pilot for Brunswick.  In 1975 Bill became chief pilot and director of flight operations for Coleman Air Transport.  1980 brought a new opportunity when he and two others formed Alpine Aviation at Greater Rockford Airport.  Bill finished his career in the insurance industry.  Bill was a faithful member of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church and served as the chairman of Evangelism for the Elgin District of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He was a lifetime member of Gideons International and was also a life member of the Masons.  Bill served on the board of directors of Candlewick from 1980 through 1984, serving as president for two years.  He was also a member of the Missouri Flying Farmers.

William is loved and will be missed by his wife, Kay of Poplar Grove; children, Johnna Garner of Clarklake, MI, Konrad (Suzi) Parris of Poplar Grove, IL, Jennifer (Debbie) Parris of Kankakee, IL; grandchildren, John and Ava Parris of Poplar Grove; sister, Maxine Lewis of Dixon, IL; sister in-law Karen (Ron) Kuntz of Marietta, GA; brother in-law, Cecil (Margie) Cossel, Jr. of Montrose, IA; nieces and nephews.  William is predeceased by his parents, son in-law, Robert Garner and brothers in-law, Kenneth Lewis and Byron Young.

Memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL.  A memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2015 in Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL 61065 with Rev. Christopher Druce Jones officiating.  Memorials can be given in care of Gideons International – Boone Camp or Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in William’s name.  To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit.www.AndersonFCS.com

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel

Address:

218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Memorial visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, 2015 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL.


Service Information

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church

Address:

105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL, 61065

A memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2015 in Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, 105 E. Grove Street, Poplar Grove, IL 61065 with Rev. Christopher Druce Jones officiating.


Memorial Information

Memorials can be given in care of Gideons International – Boone Camp or Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in William’s name.


 

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Born: January 18, 1933
Died: March 4, 2015

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Dave and Sue posted on 3/5/15

Jenn, Sue and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. Our condolences to you and your family. Dave & Sue

 

Lisa Knopp posted on 3/8/15

My sympathies to Bill's family during this difficult time. All best to you, Lisa Knopp (Arthur Parris's granddaughter)

 

John and Kim Knopp posted on 3/8/15

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kay and the entire family.

 

Doneta Brandt posted on 3/7/15

My thoughts and prayers are with Kay and her family.

 

Jodi (Bristol)Wolf posted on 3/6/15

Kay, Konrad & Jennifer, I am so very sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly remembered.

 

Mary O'Rourke posted on 3/6/15

Johnna: My heartfelt condolences in the loss of your father. May he rest in peace.

 

Mary O'Rourke posted on 3/6/15

Johhna: My heartfelt condolences in the loss of your father. May he rest in peace.

 

Mrs. Carol Hildreth posted on 3/5/15

Kay & family--So sorry to learn of your husband/father's passing. Will keep you in our prayers.

 

Darlene Schoepski posted on 3/5/15

To Kay and family, My thoughts are with you. God bless you and loved ones with memories of a very special husband and father.

 

Terry and Linda Trimble posted on 3/5/15

Prayer to you and your Family.

 

Sue Pilgreen posted on 3/5/15

Bill I will always remember that special "glint" in your eyes, it said so much!

 

Merry and Joe Shane posted on 3/13/15

Kay and all the family, Bill was a wonderful man and a true example of a Christian. He will be missed by us and many.

 

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